11 July, 2017
Vampire Vape buys new premises
Vampire Vape, a Blackburn-based business that makes liquids for the e-cigarette industry, is expanding again after buying new multimillion-pound premises in the town.
It has bought a 115,000 sq ft factory and offices in Global Way close to the M65 between Blackburn and Darwen, which represents the company’s second major expansion in a year. Founded by Phil Boyle and Nathan Walton in 2012, the business only purchased a site on Shadsworth Business Park in 2016 but has quickly outgrown the facility.
The building at Global Way was previously occupied by office furniture maker GGI Office Furniture (UK), which fell into administration and stopped trading in May 2017. Vampire Vape’s move there is expected to create between 20 and 30 jobs at the business.
Boyle said: “This new facility is more than ten times the size of our previous premises. It gives us significant new manufacturing capacity and there’s more room to expand too if needed.
“We’re investing £1m in new machinery and cleanroom technology for the building. We currently have 67 staff and expect to employ 100 people by December.”
Vampire Vape was advised on its purchase of new premises by the commercial property team at law firm Harrison Drury.
Mike Fetherstone, from Harrison Drury’s commercial property team, said: “Phil and Nathan are a very entrepreneurial duo. It’s great to see two local people growing a successful business in the town and creating new jobs.
“Purchasing this building offers so much potential for expansion and gives them a solid foundation for the future.”
As well as selling to wholesalers in the UK and Europe, Vampire Vape also exports to countries including Russia, Ukraine and the US.
Source: Insider Media